Australia advances into Rugby World Cup Final

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Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a hat-trick for Australia.

Argentina: (9) 15

Pens: Sanchez 5

Australia: (19) 29

Tries: Simmons, Ashley-Cooper 3 Cons: Foley 3 Pens: Foley

Australia advanced into the Rugby World Cup Final and sets up a dream match against New Zealand.

It is the first time man-of-the-match Ashley-Cooper will have the chance to play in a World Cup final in his third attempt, and the winger was lapping up the moment after the full-time whistle, while paying tribute to Argentina’s never-say-die approach.

“We knew they’d play from everywhere on the field and they did that tonight,” he said.

That was exactly what Argentina did. Deemed “fiery” by some and “suicidal” by others, Los Pumas had made a series of costly mistakes early that would have cost them the game.

But they refused to yield and Nicolas Sanchez’s flawless boot – he kicked five penalties in all – saw them trail by seven points with 26 minutes to go.

Roared on by a passionate support that included football World Cup winner Diego Maradona, Argentina had chances in the second half as they took control up front and utilised their explosive runners.

But they lacked the composure to exploit several possible overlaps even after beginning to win scrum battles and the victories that come with it. As such, Ashley-Cooper took the opening and completed a hat-trick of tries late on to secure victory.

Now, with two World Cups victory under each of their respective belts, either Australia or New Zealand will look forward to being the first three-time Rugby World Cup Champions.

Roma goes the top of Serie A table

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Roma scorer Mohamed Salah is currently on loan from Chelsea.

Roma scorer Mohamed Salah is currently on loan from Chelsea.

Roma won 2-1 at Fiorentina on Sunday for their fourth straight league win and leapfrogged their opponents into first place in Serie A in the process.

Chelsea’s on-loan winger Mohamed Salah, who had spent the second half of last season playing on loan for the Viola, silenced the crowd at the Artemio Franchi stadium by scoring Roma’s opener in the sixth minute.

Fiorentina had a good chance to pull level in the 16th minute when Nikola Kalinic saw Roma keeper Wojciech Szczesny off his line but his lobbed effort went over the bar.

Gervinho doubled the visitors’ lead in the 34th minute and, three minutes from time, Roma had Salah sent off for a second yellow card and Fiorentina reduced the arrears with seconds remaining through substitute Khouma Babacar.

Fiorentina, who have not beaten Roma since April 2012, ran out of time as their perfect run at home in the domestic competition came to a halt.

Victory for Roma lifted them two points clear of Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter Milan and Lazio – who occupy second to fifth on 18 points.

Manchester United VS Manchester City

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Manchester United VS Manchester City

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

SUNDAY, 25 OCT 2015

10:05 AM EASTERN TIME

DERBY HIGHLIGHTS:

None of the last 12 Manchester derbies in all competitions have ended as a draw (five United wins, seven City wins).

The last 10 Manchester derbies in all competitions have seen 41 goals scored (4.1 goals per match).

Manchester City

  • Manchester City have won six of their last eight Manchester derbies in league competition (L2) – prior to this run Man City had won six of their previous 42 derby matches versus Man Utd.
  • Man City are looking for their 50th competitive win in the Manchester derby (W49 D50 L69).
  • Man City have had the most shots on target (74) and have allowed their opponents the fewest (24) in the opening nine matchdays of 2015-16.
  • Team news:
    • Captain Vincent Kompany will not be starting despite return to fitness.
    • Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala were picked ahead of Kompany to start in central defence

Manchester United

  • Man Utd have won 17 of their 23 Barclays Premier League home matches under Louis van Gaal (74%), conceding only 16 goals (D3 L3).
  • Manager van Gaal was reportedly unhappy with the fixture, citing no breaks
  • Team News:
    • Joe Gomez and Danny Ings could miss the rest of the season
    • Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in Manchester derbies (all comps); more than any other player in this fixture.
    • Rooney is 30 years old on the day before this match – no player has scored as many Barclays Premier League goals as he has by the age of 30 (187).

HEAD TO HEAD

LAST FIVE RESULTS

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CSKA Moscow 1-1 (a) drawSevilla 2-1 (h) won
Everton 0-3 (a) winBournemouth 5-1 (h) won
Arsenal 3-0 (a) lostNewcastle United 6-1 (h) won
VFL Wolfsburg 2-1 (h) winB. Monchengladbach 2-1 (a) won
Sunderland 3-0 (h) winTottenham Hotspur 4-1 (a) lost

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

DateCompetitionScoreManchester United ScorersManchester City Scorers
25.03.14Premier League0-3

Dzeko 1

Dzeko 56

Yaya Toure 90

02.11.1Premier League1-0Aguero 63
12.04.15Premier League4-2

Young 14

Fellaini 27

Mata 67

Smalling 63

Aguero 8

Aguero 89

ODDS PROJECTION

1.65Manchester United
2.54Draw
1.88Manchester City

MOST POPULAR BETS

TeamMost Popular BetRecommended Bet
33161x3Manchester United28.42%Bet-Now-on-sport
Manchester-City 50pxManchester City51.05%
Draw15.38%

Prediction

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Pakistan vs England: Misbah-ul-Haq century stumps tourists

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It will take much for England to strike back against Misbah’s century.

Second Test, Dubai, day one

Pakistan 282-4: Misbah 102*, Younus 56

England: Yet to bat

A hundred from Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq seized the initiative after England threatened to take control of the second Test on day one in Dubai.

Misbah, 41, hit two sixes off Moeen Ali’s final over of the day to reach 102 and take Pakistan to 282-4.

A disciplined bowling performance had earlier seen Pakistan reduced to 178-4.

James Anderson, Moeen, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes took a wicket each, while Shan Masood (54) and Younus Khan (56) made half-centuries.

Misbah averages more than 57 with the bat as Pakistan captain, but may have felt in debt to his side after a rash stroke in the first Test sparked a collapse that set up England’s unlikely push for victory.

He initially looked uncomfortable against England’s pace bowlers and was hit on the head by a Wood bouncer, as well as edging Stokes just short of the slips.

But he swept the spin of Moeen and Adil Rashid with aplomb as well as hitting the inconsistent Rashid for three straight sixes.

England Pacers Impress

England can be pleased with their effort on a surface that holds few problems for batsmen, but one that has offered more encouragement for the pace bowlers than the drawn first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Just as they did in Dubai, England’s quartet of pace bowlers impressed with both a constant wicket threat and the ability to keep Pakistan’s batsmen in check.

After Moeen had opener Mohammad Hafeez loop an inside-edge to short leg, Stokes got Shoaib Malik to push in the same direction, where Jonny Bairstow took a brilliant one-handed catch to grab a rebound off his own chest.

Anderson rolled his fingers over an off-cutter from the very first delivery after lunch to have Masood poking behind, while Stokes and Wood caused problems during a fourth-wicket stand of 93 between Misbah and Younus.

Stokes, described as “not 100% fit” by captain Alastair Cook following a stomach virus, found reverse swing in the air and movement off the seam, while the hostile Wood was eventually rewarded when Younus was caught down the leg side.